The only salmon recipe you’ll ever need

Last year around this time, I posted what I called the Perfect Salmon recipe. Today, and from now on, I’m asking you to ignore that recipe if you want to eat the most amazing salmon that has ever come out of your oven.

It starts with some good quality salmon filets seasoned delicately with salt, pepper and sesame seeds. Once your oven has preheated to 350 degrees, you sear the salmon in a cast iron skillet to form a gorgeous crust, add some onions (or leeks in this case) and finish everything off in the oven.

Eight minutes later, you will pull out the perfect salmon. And to think that all it was accomplished without extra oil or crazy marinades. Although I may enjoy the end product of well-marinated food, I often don’t have the patience for it. Or the desire to pre-plan such things. I do have a day job after all.

This salmon is perfect accompanied with your favourite side dish (rice, potatoes) or atop a gorgeous leafy salad to make it a full meal.

My mom normally uses white sesame seeds. I didn’t have any, but I figured black sesame seeds would do the trick. I figured right.  And who doesn’t enjoy a splash of colour with their fish anyway?

Give this a try if you love salmon. You won’t regret it.


The Only Salmon Recipe You’ll Ever Need


  • 3-4 salmon fillets
  • 1 onion (or leeks), sliced
  • sesame seeds
  • salt, pepper
  • Optional: mushrooms


  • Preheat the oven to 350ºC.
  • Pat the salmon dry and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle one side of the fillet with sesame seeds (both white or black work great!).
  • In a skillet set to medium-high heat, sear the salmon fillets with the sesame seed side down and cook only for a few minutes. You don’t want to cook the salmon all the way through.
  • Add sliced onion to the pan and mushrooms if using and add pan to the oven.
  • Bake for 8 minutes. Do not leave for much longer otherwise the salmon will be overdone!
  • Enjoy and savour every bite.
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6 thoughts on “The only salmon recipe you’ll ever need”

    1. Thanks, Emily Elizabeth! 🙂 Yes, the recipe is insanely fast which is perfect for me because I normally don’t get home until 8:30 most week nights and really don’t want to spend more than half an hour cooking if I don’t have leftovers waiting to be reheated in the fridge. 🙂

    1. Hurray! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂 If you give it a try, let me know how you like it! You can find me in my kitchen, trying out every single one of your recipes.

  1. Yum!
    I have a WHOLE SALMON in my freezer that a friend caught (can life get any sweeter than being able to live somewhere where people will GIVE AWAY salmon?!) that I need plans for. So far I intend to eat some sashimi, smother it in my homemade blackberry jam, maple glaze it, and now this. Can’t wait to try it!

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